When the pumpkin-flavored beverages return to Starbucks with a vengeance, you know fall is right around the corner. In addition to dusting off your favorite flannel and boots, now is the perfect time to get ahead of the game when it comes to preparing your home for the start of fall on September 23.
Below are our four “musts” when it comes to readying your home for fall:
Clean all gutters
Depending on your physical capabilities (and personal safety), clean out your home’s gutters or hire a professional to do so. Watch Lowe’s helpful video and subsequent article to learn how to properly clean your gutters and prevent future damage.
Fix any drafts
As any native Texan will admit, there’s no predicting when the cooler weather will be here to stay. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be proactive about checking your windows and doors for any drafts. If you’re considering taking on this project yourself, This Old House has great tips for fixing drafts on any budget.
Buy a rake or leaf blower
Avoid the “I could’ve sworn we had…” statement and double check that you have the necessary leaf removal tools on hand before the leaves start to fall. The quicker you can pick up the yard, the quicker you can return to the couch for a relaxing afternoon of college football.
Clean the fireplace
Just as important as the previous three tips, make sure to have all fireplaces inspected and cleaned no matter how often it was in use last fall/winter. Having peace of mind about your fireplace’s safety feels just as good as sitting in front of a warm fire.
Getting ready for fall can be easier if you want to hire a professional to help. See our list of preferred vendors here.